Every year up til this one, Christmastime has been a chance for me to go back to Georgia and see the family- I’d spend the holiday eating lots of food, watching all of the Lord of the Rings extended edition dvds, reading, and catching up with all the people I hadn’t seen for a long time. This year was completely different.
This is the first year I haven’t been working on University projects, so I decided to embrace retail’s busiest time of year and participate in several jewellery shows (which I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts)- so up to December 12th I was frantically busy getting things ready to go in shops, gallery exhibitions, and Christmas fairs.
On December 13th the first wedding guest arrived.
I had done a little bit of prep work for our New Years Day wedding (1-1-11!), but I was so busy filling jewellery orders that by the time I finished my last show on December 12th I still had most of my wedding to sort out.
Over the next 3 weeks I worked as an event planner, jeweller (made the bridesmaids jewellery and designed my own wedding ring, of course!), graphic designer and printer (invitations, programmes, place cards), caterer (bought some pre-made food from Marks and Spencer but had to put it all together and make enough things for 200 wedding guests!), florist, tailor (needed to alter my wedding dress and one of the bridesmaid’s dresses), tour guide (for all the Americans who flew to the UK for the wedding!), makeup artist, and personal shopper. My fiance kept trying to get me to pay other people to do parts of the wedding (especially the cake- he thought it was crazy for me to make 250 cupcakes, and I thought it was crazy to pay someone else £800 ($1300) to make cake that wasn’t nearly as tasty as what I could make!)
I’m sure my “do it yourself” attitude toward life in general contributed greatly to my 3 week “career change”; I’ve never been someone who wanted to pay people to do something that I could do myself! In hindsight, it probably would have been good if I had subcontracted a few things out, but luckily I had a ton of amazing friends and relatives who pitched in and made everything happen just the way it needed to!
Here are a few photos of the activities leading up to the wedding:
Shopping for Wedding Food with Mom and Clare
Mom sorting out the flowers
Trying my hand at flower arranging
Back from our late-night holly gathering expedition
Andrew helped with the bridesmaid dress ironing
I baked 250 chocolate and vanilla cupcakes from scratch
Cupcake Decorating Team
The day of the wedding was so much fun. The crazy amount of work paid off and it was so rewarding to see everything come together and enjoy spending the day with so many friends and family members. Here are photos of how everything turned out!
Holy Trinity Church, Wordsley
Signing the Register
Mr. and Mrs.
Stefani and Abi (Both pendants were vintage brooches I bought here in England)
Juliane (Pendant is from a French nurse's uniform brooch in the early 1900's)
Group Photo in Church
Our rings (I designed mine based on a ring from the 1920's then had it drawn up in CAD and cast in palladium)
Cupcake Table (Thanks to my sisters for the awesome bride and groom cake toppers!)
Cupcake Feeding Time!
Now it’s back to being a full-time jeweller. The stint as Event Planner, Florist, etc. was an enjoyable 3 week career change, but I’m looking forward to getting back to my real work. Happy 2011!